Outdoor Learning - Developing Outdoor Learning Guidelines

Outdoor Learning - Developing Outdoor Learning Guidelines

Lesson 1 of 9 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Social
  • Outdoor Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Outdoor learning has a wide range of benefits, but can be tricky to navigate for teachers. This lesson is designed to support teachers to manage student expectations and behaviour when taking part in outdoor learning. Students will work collaboratively to build a shared understanding and create a set of guidelines for participating in outdoor learning activities.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • create a set of guidelines for working and learning outdoors safely.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • understand the benefits of outdoor learning
  • discuss ideas
  • agree on a list of guidelines.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Resources required

  • A4 paper
  • Art Supplies - coloured pens and pencils
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class
  • Student Worksheet - one copy per student


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • social skills

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - oversee activity and facilitate discussion.

This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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